About A.E.

If I could choose any super power, I would choose the ability to FIND THINGS. 

Oh, lost your keys...wait a second...ok, they're on the bookshelf ("right where you left them, honey!"). You'll pay me a ten grand to find your adorable and irreplaceable Shih tzu? Ok, done.

But you know what I would really want to find? Wild critters. Maybe that sounds like I'm a environmental wack-job, but I am fascinated by the diversity of organisms, the variation in strategies employed by the organisms to survive and reproduce, the interactions of organisms and their environment, and the evolutionary paths that got them to that point. The more I look, the more I find, and the more respect I have for the world's living resources. This blog is my attempt to combine my desire to find critters, my high rate of wildlife encounters (due to wildlife jobs that often place me in unique settings and situations), and my (resurrecting) passion for creative writing to build a greater understanding and appreciation for the living landscape that is around all of us.

YOU can find me on Facebook (@aspiringecologist), Twitter (@aspiringecol), and Instagram (@jessedevoe).

I completed my Master's degree in 2015 on mountain goats in the greater Yellowstone area at Montana State University in the Ecology DepartmentI am currently studying elk ecology for the Montana Coop Wildlife Research Unit at University of Montana. 

Look, I found a mountain goat collar!

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Where will mountain goats expand to in the greater Yellowstone? How many will there be? We found lots of goats to answer these questions:
DeVoe, J., R. Garrott, J. Rotella, S. Challender, P. White, M. O’Reilly, and C. Butler. 2015. Summer range occupancy modeling of non-native mountain goats in the greater Yellowstone area. Ecosphere 6:217.